Search in VOC establishments

A VOC establishment is a place or region in Asia or South Africa used by the VOC as a trading post. An establishment was called kantoor.

In countries with a strong central government, a VOC establishment was nothing but one or several rented warehouses, managed by a directeur. More often, to get a monopoly, the VOC succeeded in seizing a vast territory and exercised sovereign power. The managers of these establishments (called gouverneur) seated in a fort or a castle.
Often, VOC establishments founded subordinate establishments in their region (onderkantoren). The chiefs of these minor establishments were called commandeur, gezaghebber, resident or opperhoofd. All main and subordinate establishments in Asia and South Africa were supervised by the central administration in Batavia (modern-day Jakarta in Indonesia), managed by a Governor-General and the Council of the Indies.

Searching in a VOC establishment will result in a list of all VOC documents created by that specific main establishment (hoofdkantoor). The search results include the documents of the subordinate minor establishments.
An establishment does not refer to a specific city, but to an administrative region. So e.g. Malabar, Java's Noordoorstkust and Japan are listed, and not Cochin, Surabaya or Nagasaki (Deshima).

See option Reconstruction of VOC establishments for additional information.

Note: you will only get the documents created by a specific establishment! Thousands of other documents concerning this establishment or region are created by other establishments and can be found by searching on geographical names. Searches in VOC establishments and searches on geographical names are complementary. Use both search options to cover a region !

Note: the list of VOC establishments includes names that were not VOC establishments!
The record groups Batavia ressort, Schepen and Oorlogsvloot were kept separate by the VOC itself when the documents were shipped to the Netherlands. For this reason the descriptions of the documents are kept separate in the Database of VOC Documents too.
Moreover, some documents were created in other places. For the convenience of the researchers, the descriptions of these documents have been arranged in series according to its region: (other places in) Asia, Arabia, Africa, Europe and America. In order to make it possible to find these documents, they have been listed together with the VOC establishments.

Note: some establishments existed as a main establishment only during a limited period, and at other times were subordinate to other establishments. As a consequence, documents created by these establishments are to be found in different periods under different names. E.g. Vengurla was a separate main establishment until 1673, came under Surat until 1676 and was then transferred to Malabar.